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James Lindell Harris

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Ridge Park Cemetery

 

Born:  June 27, 1916 at Hillsboro, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Hillsboro, TX

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism October 07, 1944 at Vagney, France

Died:  October 07, 1944 at the age of 28

An enemy raiding party, comprising a tank and two platoons of infantry, infiltrated through the lines under cover of mist and darkness and attacked an infantry battalion command post with hand grenades before retiring a short distance to an ambush position on hearing the approach of the M-4 tank commanded by Second Lieutenant Harris. Realizing the need for bold aggressive action, Lieutenant Harris ordered his tank to halt while he proceeded on foot, ten yards ahead of his six-man patrol, to probe the darkness for the enemy. Although struck down and mortally wounded by machinegun bullets, he crawled back to his tank, leaving a trail of blood behind him, and, too weak to climb inside it, issued fire orders while lying on the road between the two contending armored vehicles. Although the tank which he commanded was destroyed in the course of the fire fight, he stood the enemy off until friendly tanks, preparing to come to his aid, caused the enemy to withdraw and thereby lose an opportunity to kill or capture the entire battalion command personnel. Suffering a second wound, which severed his leg at the hip, in the course of this tank duel, Second Lieutenant Harris refused aid until after a wounded member of his crew had been carried to safety. He died before he could be given medical attention.

 

 

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